Avatiu’s sharp shooter Curly Taripo looks for support against Titikaveka in the premier division match on Saturday. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/ 21032108
Avatiu edged Titikaveka by a point to lead the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition.
In the premier match of the round, Avatiu overcame
a late onslaught from visitors Titikaveka to claim a 47-46 win on Saturday.
The tit-for-tat battle saw the host side
Avatiu get off to a good start with a seven-point lead at the break.
But a strong pep talk at the halftime saw the
visitors come back stronger in the third quarter with lanky shooter Alanna
Smith, who struggled in the opening spell, getting the much-needed points.
Titikaveka led by a point at the end of the
But the Curly Taripo-led Avatiu had better
ideas and in the final quarter, they gave their all to take a slender lead.
With a point down and seconds remaining,
Titikaveka, who had possession, tried hard to level the score but fell short as
the home side sneaked away with a close 47-46 win.
Avatiu Netball Club president Edith Nicholas
said: “Its back to the drawing board for us, we still have a lot of work to do
especially in finetuning some areas to ensure we are able to maintain our lead
throughout the match.”
“We were unable to put our two young players
in because of the intensity of the match but we look forward to giving them a
break in our upcoming matches.”
In the other premier matches,
Ngatangiia/Matavera recorded a close 37-36 win over Takuvaine while Arorangi
defeated Tupapa 42-34.
Netball Cook Islands’ Tekura Moeka’a said they
were pleased to see some intense matches over the weekend.
“As expected, a thrilling match between
Titikaveka and Avatiu and even in the East a close match between Ngatangiia
Matavera and Takuvaine with Ngatangiia/Matavera stealing the win in the last 30
seconds. It was a great day of netball. The 6U and 8U grades were the matches
of the day.”